This is the expression my friend looks for when she is photographing shelter dogs. This is an expression humans associate with friendliness and sweetness.
But it got me thinking. When Liam looks like this, he isn't necessarily expressing happiness. In fact, he's reacting to something that I should probably get fixed, as soon as possible.
I snapped these photos yesterday when the temperature outside had climbed above 85 degrees. Liam had been sitting outside on the deck, and it was a little too warm for his little pug body. So he opened his mouth wide and started panting. He may look like he's smiling, but in reality, he's pretty hot.
A hot pug has a few secret weapons, when it comes to cooling down. These dogs can flop down in frog formation and push their bellies into a cool floor, or they can sip cool water until their mouths feel refreshed. Or, they can pant while facing their people, hoping those people will either turn on the air conditioner or otherwise cool the hot room down.
That's what Liam is doing here. He's sitting in my lap, looking right at me, and hoping I'll do something about the hot air.
This isn't to say that pug smiles aren't cute, because they really are. But, when pugs look like this, they also need a little help from their people. A pug can overheat quicker than you ever thought possible. So when you see your pug smiling, go ahead and snap that photo. Then, turn on the AC. Pronto.
Do you agree? Liam wants to hear your answers in the comments.
And I'm sharing these photos as part of the Wordless Wednesday series, hosted by BlogPaws. It's a really fun way to share and see photos from pet bloggers all around the world. Have you joined? You should. And if you're not a blogger, check out some of the linked blogs below. You'll be glad you did.